Zimbabwe’s ruling party is reportedly facing an unprecedented mutiny by the head of the armed forces, as troops take up positions in the capital in an escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
South African President Jacob Zuma, who is reportedly readying an envoy to mediate the situation, said Mugabe is “fine” and urged for “calm and restraint.”
Zuma, who contacted the embattled Mugabe, said the latter was “confined to his home.” The South African leader also contacted the Zimbabwean Defence Force, ZDF, according to a statement cited by the BBC.
Opposition Member of Parliament, Eddie Cross, told BBC that First Lady Grace Mugabe may have fled to Namibia.
According to earlier reports from the capital, Harare, explosions were heard in the streets as troops and armored military vehicles moved throughout the city.
The U.S. embassy reduced its staff due to the “uncertainty” of the country’s climate.